An Introduction to PBL

A discussion of Project Based Learning

Session Description

A growing number of classrooms are implementing a PBL model and more classroom teachers are experimenting with PBL units. This session is for the educator with little to no experience in PBL who doesn’t know where to start, or has have tried PBL once or twice and would like to learn more. The session will share a model of PBL implemented at Kent Innovation High.

Objectives

1. Develop a big picture comprehension of Project Based Learning.

2. Identify resources and strategies which could help implement Project Based Learning.

3. Allow opportunity to process possible logistics for Project Based Learning implementation.

Session Agenda

Grounding Questions
  • My name is...
  • My relationship to the topic is...
  • My expectations are...
  • How I feel about being here is...


Knows, Needs to Know

  • Choose a large colored card to represent what you KNOW about PBL
  • OR choose a small colored card to represent what you do NOT KNOW about PBL


What is PBL? (bit.ly/whatispbl15)


Exploration of "PBL Session Resources":


Revisit Knows, Needs to Know

  • What questions have been addressed?
  • Additional questions?


Affinity Mapping
  • Use index cards to brainstorm essential components of Project Based Learning.
  • Use "PBL Session Resources" above to guide brainstorming process.
  • Share common characteristics.
  • Sort the ideas into columns (or clusters) based on relationships.
  • Share idea clusters.
  • Materials needed: index cards, pen/pencil


Revisit Knows, Needs to Know

  • What questions have been addressed?
  • Additional questions?


Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats


  • Materials needed: paper, markers

contact information

Jeff Bush

Facilitator, Kent Innovation High

jrobertbush@gmail.com

@BushJMS